Saddle Up – Let’s Ride

Picture 150 bike riders under a huge, blue sky, cruising across the wide-open plains of Nebraska for four days. This June, for the 22nd year, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) will bring riders together from across the country to pedal about 250 miles in a huge circle route in the State of Nebraska. For the second year in a row, part of the proceeds of the ride will support the Society of St. Andrew. While last ...

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LSU Sweet Potato Drop 2017

Let the Sweet Potatoes Roll!

In Southern Louisiana, one often hears the Cajun expression, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” – “Let the good times roll!” But on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, it’s a good time when the sweet potatoes roll at the annual sweet potato drop. They roll in on a truck, get bagged up by a large number of student volunteers, and they roll out in agency trucks, vans, and trailers to feed the hungry across ...

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From Farm to Women’s Shelter

By Jean Blish Siers *

Strawberries in ThomasvilleMost strawberry farms sell only what is picked that day, allowing them to provide the freshest berries to their customers. Society of Andrew is grateful when those growers call us and allow us to pick up the still wonderfully fresh fruit and get it to neighbors in need.

A couple weeks ago, the owner of Mabe’s Berry Farm, north of Winston-Salem, NC, called to tell me she had ...

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Lynette Johnson on Pennsylvania Radio


In a radio interview aired on Saturday, May 20, SoSA’s Executive Director, Lynette Johnson, explained gleaning to listeners across the Pennsylvania countryside. SoSA has a gleaning network active in Lancaster County, and has partnered with Pennsylvania gleaners for many years. Discussion also covered the ways in which SoSA is active in the state, and what kinds of food is gleaned there.

Listen to the interview:


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Executive Director’s Action Alert on FY 2018 Budget


Currently in the U.S., more than 42 million people find themselves in a position where they sometimes don’t have the money they need to purchase food. About 95% of the help they receive comes from government programs. Only about 5% of those hunger needs are met by a web of hunger-relief programs, food banks, and churches. In response to the administration’s proposal to severely cut government food assistance programs, the Society of St. Andrew releases this statement:

Executive ...

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Food Banks Call for Help


Mobile Food Pantry in Hurley, VA. This week on NPR, reporter Pam Fessler focused on the rising need at two Feeding America food banks, one in Southwestern Virginia, the other in Roanoke. The stories also looked at the need for fresh fruits and vegetables where the poor gather to receive food assistance. In her first story, broadcast on Morning Edition on May 22, she showed up at a mobile food pantry in the ...

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In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

Photos, videos, and other images in which I, or a registered family member, appear that are taken during gleanings may be used by the Society of St. Andrew for news coverage, newsletters, reports, displays, and for other print, broadcast, web, or electronic news or promotional purposes.

I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

For a PDF print version of this waiver, click here.

How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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